When a person dies in a fatal traffic accident, the investigation usually centers around the vehicles at the scene when the accident occurred. In an accident involving a bicycle, most scenarios would involve serious injuries to the bicyclist caused by the driver of the vehicle that hit the bicycle. But some scenarios are more complicated.
Assume that you have just been involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler (and were fortunate enough to survive). What happens after that?
A big rig traveling under control at highway speed is an instrument of commerce. But because of its size and weight, if the driver loses control then that same vehicle can quickly turn into a fearsome battering ram on wheels. This is effectively what happened in Pacoima, California, when a big rig suddenly left the freeway it was traveling on and careened down an embankment and onto an off-ramp.
Owners and patrons alike in a Pittsburg restaurant received a rude surprise recently when an 18-wheeler truck towing two trailers smashed into the premises. Although all inside the restaurant apparently escaped injury, the driver of the vehicle died in the accident, and the restaurant incurred extensive property damage. Witnesses claimed that the truck lost its brakes before plowing into the restaurant.
How federal regulations may help you after a truck accident
Living in modern society is often an exercise in trade-offs and mixed blessings. A significant example of this truism is embodied in the form of the 18-wheeler commercial truck. Without it much of our essentials and many conveniences that we count on having might not be available or be harder to come by. But in an instant of negligent driving, a big rig can become like an enraged elephant, easily trampling anyone unlucky enough to be in its path.